July 25, 2018

Meet Brie - The puppy who’s being trained to make a difference

Brie is one of the newest members of the New Zealand Hearing Dogs organisation. She’s a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and has just started her training to one day become a hearing dog for a special kiwi kid.

Brie was brought thanks to a grant from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund and the Hearing Dogs charity asked us if we would like to pick her name.

Dozens of staff and farmers put names forward and after some discussion, the top five were chosen and put to a final vote on social media.

Brie – named after our creamy cheese, came out on top and suits this little pup to a tee. She’s currently living with her trainer in New Plymouth and over the coming months, she’ll be taught how to alert her future owner to a noise by pawing them and then leading them to the sound of that noise.

Jacqui Cameron from Hearing Dogs NZ says Brie is settling in well to her future role.

Brie is growing well and is happy at home with her trainer, she is becoming brave enough to explore her environment and will soon be ready to go out for her ‘socialising’ training.

When she’s out and about Brie will wear a bright yellow jacket to let people know she’s in training. The jacket will also carry the Fonterra Grass Roots logo. Once she’s all trained up Brie will meet her forever owner - a deaf or severely hearing impaired kiwi child.

Having an assistance dog not only helps alert a child to every day sounds like car horns, doorbells or a ringing phone but they will also become lifelong friends.

We hope Brie is up to this big task.

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